The planned outreach among the Chakali people in May could not happen because of a change in schedule for the short missionaries we were partnering with. However, in June, Frank was able to visit Godfred, our missionary in Katoa. Katoa is the Chakali community we are actively working in now. The visit was an opportunity to provide pastoral care for Godfred and another missionary sent by his church in Accra. We believe both of them can complement each other greatly because of their different personalities and giftings, and we are glad to see them already collaborating. To God be the glory! We plan to engage the leadership of the church in the coming months (as EFM already has a good relationship with the church) on how to effectively work together to further the spread of the gospel among the Chakalis. We are trusting God that we will be able to establish more house fellowships in Katoa through this partnership.
Kokomba Mission Update
By God’s grace, not only is the gospel spreading to new Kokombna communities through Godwin and Timothy (our missionaries in the Gushegu area), but we have also begun a health mission project among the children. Through a grant received from Sustainable Medical Missions, we are tackling intestinal worm infestation and malnutrition. In May, we (Frank and Afua) spent a week partnering with health personnel from the district hospital in Gushegu to serve about 9 communities. We had personal hygiene and nutrition education sessions for the parents and community leaders, tested 187 children for worm infestation and dewormed 539 children.
We anticipated that we would deworm about 200 children when we were leaving Accra. However, as the week progressed and the turnout continuously increased over the first 2 days, we realised we would have to get some more dewormers to supplement what we had so no child would be turned away. Glory to God, the health personnel we partnered with were very supportive and assisted us to get all we needed.
In addition to educating parents on the need to give their children balanced diets, we have started providing 2 meals a week at the Eternal Footprints Mission School at Deodigi. To ensure the sustainability of the feeding programme, we encouraged the community to create a school farm and provided the seeds that have now been planted. We hope that the food supply will be sustained through the produce that is harvested until the next farming season when the process is repeated.
Progress on Konkomba school construction
In our last newsletter, we asked you to pray for God’s divine provision for the completion of the school building. Our God is a prayer-answering God! We have been able to roof 8 classrooms out of the 16! We only had the funds for 4 rooms when we last wrote to you, but God has graciously provided for us to roof and plaster an additional 4 classrooms!!! We also have enough funds to fix the doors, windows, paint the buildings, and possibly provide furniture for all 8 classrooms. Although there is no electricity in the communities, we also had the electrical wiring done, and hope that someday we’ll get solar panels for them to power the school.
Dagomba Missions Update
Last month, EFM partnered with a short-term missionary team from the USA to engage in an outreach mission to Nyankpala area (specifically the Kotwei and Kpachi communities) in the Dagomba land. Pastor David Pumaya, a church planter, and friend of EFM, hosted and supported us with a team of indigenous missionaries (who also served as translators for the short-term team). It was a holistic mission – we had house-to-house evangelism, evening crusades, and hospital visitation to share the gospel with the sick and pray for them. We also made a donation to the community hospital and engaged in community medical outreaches where over 500 indigenes (including children) with various health issues were attended to. In the end, the dormant Assemblies of God church in Kotwei community was revived, while Pastor David Pumaya and his team are starting a number of household fellowships for new believers in Kpachi, which had no indigenous believers before the mission. We give all the glory and praise to YHWH and thank you for your continuous prayers and financial support for the success of the mission.
for all our missionaries to be in good health and enjoy safety and protection from the Lord.
against opposition to the advancement of the gospel in Katoa from some Islamic clerics.
that the Nanton Krugu house fellowships that have started will grow, that the new believers will be firmly rooted in their faith and propagate the gospel to their own people.
for faithful and committed people to support the various projects in the Konkomba area.
for wisdom, favour, God’s provision, and discernment as we begin processes to formalise the school’s operation and hire teachers.
that the EFM team will be sensitive and attentive to the leading of the Holy Spirit. That we will find complete fulfilment and our identity in God, rather than in what we do in His vineyard.